Koh Phangan, a Thai island in the Gulf of Thailand, is being promoted as a haven for vegans for its vegan-friendliness as far as tourism is concerned.

The website “India Today”, in an article titled “Do you know about this vegan island in Thailand?”, states about Koh Phangan, “Vegan-friendly resorts and guesthouses are abundant, offering eco-conscious and sustainable stays. From bamboo bungalows nestled in lush greenery to luxurious beachfront villas, there’s something for every traveller… Indulge in delicious plant-based cuisine at restaurants and cafés serving everything from traditional Thai dishes to innovative vegan creations. Try out Karma Kafe, Pure Vegan Heaven, or Eat.co for delectable meals.”

Kirsten Kaminski, who wrote a blog titled “Vegan Guide to Koh Phangan”, said, “While there are many vegan restaurants spread over the island, the area of Sri Thanu in the north-western part of the island, has by far the best and most concentrated amount of vegan eateries. You’ll find that the north-west, where I spent most of my time during those 1.5 months, offers anything from a relaxing atmosphere, high quality yoga and detox retreats, picturesque beaches, incredible sunset jams, diving schools, and a beautiful community of curious travellers, locals, digital nomads, expats, and overall health- and spiritual seeking people.”

Already in 2015, the Happy Cow app and website praised Koh Phangan as “the world’s first vegan tropical island,” and it currently shows 17 fully vegan restaurants. Looking at their map, one particular road in the Northwest of the island, Hin Kong Road, is the one with the highest concentration of vegan restaurants, including Ja Ja’s Restaurant Thai Vegan, Street Vegan House, Tea Leaf Vegan Pizza, Eat.co, and Kia Ora Café.  

The island has many yoga centres, meditation and detox retreats, as well as conservation activities, all of which may be quite appealing for certain types of vegans, especially health and spiritual vegans.  

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.